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 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!

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Seattle Weekly preview article

Kelton Sears from the Seattle Weekly wrote up a nice piece about the Strange Creatures screening today (4PM, NWFF), where he talks a little about the history of SEAT as a group and Seattle’s animation scene compared to other cities’:

“SEAT is one of the main reasons those animators have found such a cohesive community in Seattle. In 2002, animator Stefan Gruber, who teaches animation at The Nova Project, assembled animators in the city to create SEAT, which started out as a sort of workshop that would meet in cafes. For animators who spend most their time locked away making characters bop around frame by frame, SEAT was a chance to meet up and talk shop.”

Thanks Kelton!
And we hope to see you this afternoon at 4PM at the NW Film Forum!

 

Aug 022013
 

8_1_2013_CityArts1_croppedTony Kay from CityArts interviewed curator Tess Martin a few weeks ago about the Strange Creatures screening tomorrow, and he wrote up a nice preview piece about it, with a bit about Tess as well:

“Martin’s animation style—characterized by thoughtful, organic beauty and a usage of everything from paper cutouts to marker sketches on glass to fine lines of sand—owes more to the adventuresome spirit of conceptual art than the massive assembly lines of Pixar and Disney.”

Thanks Tony!

Have you bought your tickets yet for the Strange Creatures screening? Click here to do so, and here is the Facebook event as well.

Jul 292013
 

Tess Martin was invited to write a guest blog post for Blog 4Culture, about the Strange Creatures program she curated that is screening on August 3rd. Most of the artists in the program have been fortunate to receive 4Culture support over the years, for which they are all grateful! Read it here to learn more about why these 10 shorts are so special.

Also the excellent Beacon Hill Blog wrote up a nice preview of the program, pointing out that yes, the best-known artist in the show is undoubtedly Bruce Bickford, who is well known for the claymations he made with Frank Zappa, and who has a documentary made about him. We are so happy to be showing a beautiful five minute excerpt from one of his ongoing pencil animations, with a custom made soundtrack.

Have you bought your tickets yet?

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Blog 4Culture post

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Beacon Hill Blog post

 

Into The Desert

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Jul 252013
 

On August 15th SEAT member Joe Garber will be celebrating the release of his graphic novel Canyonlands with a desert-themed group art show!

Please come and check out how the desert inspires local artists of all walks.

Check out the comic here: http://www.canyonlandscomic.com/

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